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COLUMBIA COLDSTOR CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING

 WOODLAND, Wash., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- As many as 30 new jobs have come to Woodland -- the result of a new cold storage facility that celebrated its grand opening today, Columbia Coldstor announced.
 Columbia Coldstor expects their new $10-million facility will be a big boost to Woodland's economy. It is one of the biggest companies in Woodland.
 Construction began March 8, 1993. But work on creating the facility began long before the first shovel was turned.
 "We have worked hard with the local citizens to be sure this company was the kind of neighbor they would want in their community," company president Don McGraw Jr., said. "We pride ourselves on being good corporate citizens." McGraw said the new plant will hire local people.
 The 150,000-square-foot facility boasts the latest in safety, environmental and energy conservation equipment.
 Planners from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) expect the energy saving measures incorporated in the Woodland building will save 0.5 average megawatts -- enough power to serve 300 homes.
 Colstor will operate year-round freezing and storing vegetables, meat and fruit from asparagus to beef to strawberries. The building includes one large main freezer storage room, four small cold storage and blast freezing rooms, and 4,000 square feet of office and shop space.
 Energy savers include what BPA's Chris Milan, a mechanical engineer, calls "state of the art equipment and controls." They include a computer-controlled energy management system, adjustable-speed drives, bilevel lighting, high-efficiency evaporators and condensers, and fast-acting doors to minimize the flow of cold air from the refrigerated storerooms.
 EPA spent $800,000 to install the measures through its utility customer, Cowlitz County Public Utility District of Longview. The investment was part of their energy savings program for Northwest industries.
 "This project had no downside," BPA Lower Columbia manager George Bell said. "It stands as a good example of how government and business can work together.
 "This project, and other like them, will help bring the region the cost-effective megawatts it needs."
 "Coldstor's investment in these energy savings measures will be recouped by the energy cost savings in about one year," Milan said. "The facility is expected to consume half the energy associated with the original design."
 "With BPA's help we were able to build a more energy efficient plant than we had originally planned," McGraw said. "These energy savings will help us compete in the food processing market and help make sure we're here for the long run."
 Colstor is based in Quincy. It has a plant in Quincy, and others in Wenatchee and Kennewick.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Blair of BPA, 503-230-4558; or Dan Kline of Coldstor, 206-225-2100/


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